Frostburg State University’s Al Delia to Join Leadership Maryland’s 27th Class

Mar 12, 2019 9:50 AM

Al Delia, Frostburg State University’s vice president for Regional Development and Engagement, has been chosen to participate in the 2019 Class of Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

Delia is one of 52 individuals chosen for Leadership Maryland’s 27th class.

Delia is the primary contact point for companies, nonprofit organizations and governments in the region to access FSU’s intellectual capital and other resources to address regional opportunities and challenges. He also leads government relations for FSU and works to improve the depth of relationships with local, state and federal governments.

Prior to FSU, Delia served as director of the Office of Health Access at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C. Before that, he was secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services. In earlier roles, he served as senior advisor to North Carolina Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue; as CEO of the state’s Eastern Region Development Commission; and as associate vice chancellor for Research, Economic Development and Community Engagement at ECU.

Following a two-day opening retreat in April, the class will attend five two-day intensive sessions traversing the state and focusing on Maryland’s economic development, education, health and human services, criminal justice, the environment and multi-culturalism/diversity. More than 100 experts representing business, government, education and the nonprofit community will serve as panelists and guest speakers.

“This year’s cohort is a powerful cross-section of leaders from our state. I’m excited to see them come together as a group and do great things in their workplaces, communities and beyond in the years to come,” said Renée M. Winsky, president and chief executive officer, Leadership Maryland.

The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state.

You can find more information about Leadership Maryland online.

For more information about the Office of Regional Development and Engagement, email Delia at